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Who should attend?

Whatever stage of your charity management and leadership journey you're at, this conference is as crucial for trustees and senior leadership teams as it is for accountants and finance teams and in-house charity lawyers – whether you've been in the role for five minutes or fifty years.

This is a unique opportunity for you to learn about the latest developments in charity-related law, from experts in the sector and alongside your peers.

Why should I attend?

As a UK top-five charity law firm, Anthony Collins Solicitors' experts are well placed to help you understand the potential threats these developments might pose to your organisation and the opportunities they present. Along with sector specialists, we will explain how they can be avoided, overcome or capitalised on.

The conference programme features topical workshops, each highlighting key issues within the charities sector. As well as hearing insightful presentations from sector leaders, you will be able to participate in three workshop sessions. These workshops will enable you to gain more detailed information about topics of particular concern to you and your organisation. We will send you a link to choose your workshops following your registration.

Please note: space will be limited and whilst we will do our best to meet your requirements, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.



  • Registration, networking and coffee



  • Welcome and introduction – Shivaji Shiva, Anthony Collins Solicitors



  • Plenary speech – Mike Hudson, Director of Compass Partnership

    Mike will explore the creation of a top performing board, the differences between good Boards and bad ones and highlight some best practice to ensure your charity has excellent leadership and direction.



  • Session 1


  1. Finance essentials for trustees – Kate Sayer of Sayer Vincent Accountants

    Even if you have a great treasurer, every trustee should feel confident about their charity’s finances so that they can ask the right questions. Trustees can keep a strategic focus and gain assurance on the effective management of risks.  This session will build your confidence and steer you to more resources if you need them.

  2. Employment: recruitment and retention – Anna Dabek, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    Anna will run through some practical tips on improving your approach to recruitment, managing legal risks and increasing staff retention rates to improve your effectiveness while reducing recruitment costs.

  3. Asset transfers: the process, perils and pitfalls - David Alcock, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    During this seminar, David will talk to you about the transfer of assets from the public sector to third-sector organisations and help you to identify what to look out for, what to beware of and what to avoid. He will talk through the legal process of asset transfers, as well as providing some useful insight from his practical experience in this field.


  • Coffee break



  • Session 2


  1. Better meetings make better boards – John Williams, Vice-chair, Association of Chairs

    Board meetings are the practical heart of governance.  John will offer ideas on how to make trustee meetings more effective – the role of the Chair, the responsibilities of trustees and the contribution of the executive team. From board papers to sub-committees, he will explore how small changes can make a big difference.

  2. Property: how to protect your organisation and reduce costs – Cynyr Rhys, Alex Tindall and Dominic Curran, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    Cynyr and Dominic will cover a range of property-related areas including relocation, satellite offices (including shared back-office services), and their client, ADA: National College for Digital Skills, a ground-breaking educational enterprise, will explain how it has taken on the London property market as a start-up.

  3. How should faith affect charity governance? - Ross Hendry, Chief Executive, Spurgeons and Edwina Turner, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    Ross and Edwina will be grappling with the challenges of how faith should set the identity and character of a charity, and how this affects leadership and governance. Spurgeons has been addressing these issues, together with Edwina, and will help you to reflect on the answers to these challenging questions, as well as looking at what it all means for the operation of a charity.




  • Session 3


  1. Governance in a time of uncertainty – Shivaji Shiva, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    In this workshop, Shivaji will cover how to conduct a Governance Review, what you should do after the review and what can be learnt from the governance codes launched in November 2016.

  2. Data protection for charities in 2017 – Jane Burns, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    In this practical workshop, Jane will explain what you need to do to comply with the law on data protection, how to avoid the reputational quagmire faced by charities involved in recent, highly published data protection cases and how to prepare for the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation.

  3. Crisis Management for charities – Anna Dabek, Cynyr Rhys and Rebecca Ward, Anthony Collins Solicitors

    In this workshop, Anna, Cynyr and Rebecca will lead an interactive session and guide you through a case study that focuses on crisis management. They will cover practical methods for minimising reputational harm, handling employment issues and ensuring good governance in the event of a crisis. The session will allow you to reflect on your current approach to crisis management and equip you with the information you need to protect your charity in the event of the unexpected happening.


  • Coffee break



  • Closing plenary – panel session

    Where next? Do we need a new model for social purpose organisations?


Further information

For more information about this event, please contact ulrika.froberg@anthonycollins.com and for more information about our work supporting charities, please visit our website.

Following your RSVP, you will receive an invoice for payment.

If you would like to enrol multiple delegates, please RSVP for each delegate individually.